Flooding in Thailand on Wednesday could reach Bangkok

Flooding in Thailand on Wednesday could reach Bangkok

BANGKOK, Aug. 8 — RIA Novosti, Yevgeny Belenky.Raising the level flowing through the Chao Phraya River Thai capital of 1.7 meters above the seasonal norm means that if the daily rainfall in the country will continue, to the medium in Bangkok can start flooding, said on Monday the electronic version of the newspaper Bangkok Post citing meteorological centers in Bangkok.

The rainy season usually lasts in Thailand from May to October, it peaks in August and September. By this time, the drainage system of Bangkok lose some of their capacity due to fine dust and sand carried water for the first rainy months. When heavy rain threatens dam mountain reservoirs 300 kilometers north-west of the capital, Bangkok supplying water and Chaophraya River. This breakthrough is a sharp rise in the river level and the flooding of coastal areas and embankments, which for a few days are a half-meter layer of water.

This year, the dam reservoir in Kanchanaburi province while holding back the flow of water. However, unusually heavy seasonal rains threaten dam at the most unexpected moment, forecasters said.

In the most dangerous areas in Bangkok — where the embankments some residential areas of the city are below sea level — the Bangkok municipality put barriers 2.5 meters high, the newspaper said.

In the north and north-east of Thailand floods began July 25. When going mudslides caused by them in the north of the country, according to the Interior Ministry, killing 20 people and injuring 11, and one person is missing.

Currently, the flood covered 20 of the 77 counties, Phre, Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Nan, Lamphun, Lampang, Mehongson, Uttharadit, Phichit, Phitsanulok, So, Nakhon Sawan, Nakhon Pathom, Nong Khai, Udon Thani, Bangkhan, Sakon Nakhon, Lei , Phetchabun and Prachuab Kirikhan.

In some of these provinces are frequently visited by foreign travelers, including Russians, tourist facilities. Since the flood access is restricted, canceled hundreds of trips. The most popular among Russians, however, are the beach resorts, far away from the disaster zone.

According to forecasters, the Nan Lei, Prachuab Kirikhan and Nong Khai level of flooding is reduced. In the remaining 16 provinces remains a difficult position. In some areas of the province of Sukhothai, 400 kilometers north of Bangkok on Monday the water rose to a two-meter mark.

© RIA Novosti. Ian Tikhonov

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